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Lauren was bullied at school because of her disability

She was bullied at school just because of her disability. Lauren Taylor's life was made a misery - but she is determined others should not have to suffer the way she did.

So now Lauren, who lives in Dorset, has created a music video she hopes will spread a message of tolerance and understanding. And she's also enlisted the help of Fixers - the ITV campaign that gives young people a voice - to get her message across.


Fatal crash survivor vows to embrace life

Her parents were told it was unlikely she'd survive - let alone walk or talk again. But thirteen years after Christina Corps from Hampshire suffered severe brain damage in a horror crash - she's preparing to run her eighth Race for Life.

The accident in 2004, claimed the life of her best friend and left Christina in a coma for 13 weeks. Now 30, she still has problems with her memory and relies on photos to remind her of what she's done.

But Christina says she's determined to take every opportunity life can offer and is encouraging others to take part in the popular charity run.

Race for Life events are taking place across summer in the Meridian region including Reading, Oxford, Guildford and Salisbury.

Richard Jones has Christina's remarkable story.

Moves to tackle obesity in Kent

People in Kent are being urged to lead healthier lives Credit: ITV

Organisations across Medway will come together later this week to discuss ongoing plans to tackle obesity.

As part of the fourth annual Health Weight Summit, representatives from more than 25 public, private, voluntary and academic organisations will gather on Thursday, 6 July at Chatham Dockyard.

Wheelchair users set sail in specially-adapted powerboat

Nearly 200 students with learning difficulties will get the chance to enjoy a trip on the water in Sussex - on a new, specially adapted, boat.

The Wheelyboat is a powerboat that can accommodate wheelchair users - and it's the first of it's kind for a school from Lingfield.

Costing over £40,000 - it's been partly paid for by the Wheelyboat Trust charity and through fund-raising by Young Epilepsy. Abigail Bracken reports.


Fall in number of Hampshire smokers

The number of smokers has fallen since the indoor smoking ban was introduced Credit: PA

Smoker numbers in Hampshire are at low levels after 10 years of the indoor smoking ban

More than half of all adults in Portsmouth (51.7%) and Southampton (58.7%) have never smoked.

Both Portsmouth and Southampton have seen a fall in smoker rates with around just one in five adults now smokers.

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